Project 3.1.2 Photos

 

Higginstown, Co. Westmeath; a five-year old ash stand located on well-drained brown-earth soils where grassland species such as Holcus lanatus dominate

Beneden, Co. Clare; a five-year old Sitka spruce stand located on peat soils where heathland species such as Molinia caerulea dominate.

Fuhiry, Co.Cork; a 37-year old Sitka spruce stand located on peat soils. This photograph was taken in an area of the stand that has not been thinned and where there is an impoverished ground flora.

Union, Co. Sligo; a 47-year old Sitka spruce stand located on lithosol soils. Union forest has a more open canopy and supports a species-rich ground flora.

Comparison of ground flora abundance at (a) Sunderlands, Co.Wicklow; a 41-year old ash stand located on podzol soils and where Fagus sylvatica is an important canopy species and (b) Sinnott’s Bog, Co. Wexford ; a 37-year old ash stand located on podzol soils. Note the shade beneath the Fagus sylvatica canopy at SunsAF (right of photograph).

 

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